Harbour Apartments construction restarts

The Harbour Apartments construction site in May. Picture: ADAM McLEANWork has resumed on the Harbour Apartments construction site opposite WIN Stadium and developer Kollco Holdings believes it will be full steam ahead within weeks.
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Workers downed tools on May 1 when the contract with Camarda & Cantrill was terminated because the builder could not meet its contract obligations.

Kollco has since been working closely with unions representing disgruntled contractors owed more than $1.2 million and new builder Advanced Constructions to get the project back on track.

Chief operating officer of Kollaras Property Holdings, John Kollaras, told the Mercury there were workers on site this week, mainly meeting WorkCover and occupational health and safety obligations, before full-scale construction recommences.

Mr Kollaras said he had been involved in productive discussions with the CFMEU, and some of the subcontractors who had previously been working on the site were returning.

Those conversations were continuing, he said.

Subcontractors were left in the lurch when Camarda & Cantrill bailed out of the Harbour Apartments project, on the corner of Burelli and Harbour streets.

The Illawarra company was placed in the hands of liquidators owing more than $4 million.

Kollco Holdings Pty Ltd said it was in the process of “quantifying the amount of loss” it was owed due to the “abandonment” of the contract.

Its website says the high-rise will offer single level two and three-bedroom apartments with outdoor living and spacious balconies, and feature “cosmopolitan style” with coastal views.

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Find yourself feeling crappy? Try these five things

Georgia van Tiel and Carla McMillan of Bodypass get their happy on. Photo: Robert Saponja.We all go through times in our lives when life doesn’t go the way we expected.
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Things happen thatthrow us in the deep end and we find ourselves in situations we can’t actually change but that make us feel … crappy.

Perhaps this has to do with work. Or maybe you have a few days in a row where you had big plans and you get sick so you’re forced to take time off. Maybe you budgeted for something that’s become more expensive and you have to put some things on the back-burner.

These are all situations that are out of our control, yet they can send even the happiest people around the bend and bring on negative emotions.

If the situation itself can’t be controlled, then why do we feel crappy about it?

It’s the way that your mind reacts to it – or rather – the way your subconscious thought pattern ‘tells’ you to react. With exasperation, frustration, anger or hopelessness.

If you can become more conscious, then you can change the way you relate to a situation and that will change the outcome of something you would have perceived as negative to something that beings welcome surrender, feels calm or simply ‘meant to be’. It is what it is.

When we are overcome by our attachment to an idea we have in our minds about what things are supposed to be like, we spend a lot of time dwelling on the past or living with the future in mind and this does little for our state of fulfillment in the now.

“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”

How though, do we change the way we see things in our minds to make the days we live happier? Here’s fiveeasy ways.

1. Recognise the emotion.

Instead of sinking into the pits of ‘should have, could have, would have’… be conscious of what it is you’re feeling. Is it despair, anger, frustration or loneliness? The emotion is there for a reason, even if it is created by the mind.

Give it a little room to be … feel it. We rarely, if ever, give our emotions a place to be recognised before we push them down and pretend they don’t exist. How many times has someone asked you what was wrong, only for you to say ‘nothing’, even though there are 15 things getting you down. Own the emotion and it is much easier to send that baby flying away.

2. Make a conscious decision to wave goodbye to that emotion, it’s fleeting.

Only you can make the decision to wallow in it – the emotion itself doesn’t make the choice to stay, you have the responsibility of control over it.

Picture a baby who cries for an instant over a toy being snatched away. Is that baby still upset about it an hour later? No. A baby probably isn’t too fazed about losing the toy even three minutes later. We forget to live in the moment like a child does and this is something we’d be much better off doing.

3. Talk yourself through it.

With pushing our emotions under the rug comes a constant habit of deafening our ears to our own voice. Many people today who’re dwelling in the past or existing only thinking about the future don’t have a good relationship with themselves. An excellent way of dealing with set-backs is to have a quick reality ‘check-in’ with yourself.

Phrases like “will my worrying change the future?”, “everything will work out as it needs to”, “What is this lesson here to teach me?” or “things are as they should be” will help you to relax and surrender in crappy situations.

4. Become comfortable with uncertainty.

As adults we hold onto negative emotions as if they will comfort us, and then many of us feel secure or safe feeling crappy because we’ve identified with that feeling for so long. It’s time to give yourself permission to be okay with uncertainty. The better you can respond to uncertainty in life the more opportunity you have to feel fulfilled because guess what? Life is never certain and we simply can’t control everything.

5. Breathe.

How many times in our lives do things happen out of our control and we go from whoa to CRAZY in .2 seconds flat? Unleashing fury and vitriol or helpless anxiety reaction over ourselves or anybody around us. And the one thing we forgot to do is breathe. Giving ourselves a small pocket of breath allows us to calm any instant negative reaction and follow the steps above.

An excellent breathing technique that calms nerves and reduces physical and emotional pain is the following. Try it today in a moment of stress or anxiety.

A slow count of four while breathing in, then count of four holding the breath. Then a slow count of four breathing out out and hold the breath out for four seconds and repeat.

What’s left?

A calmer, happier person who can roll with the ebbs and flows of life with peace, purpose and a strong belief that they are right where they should be.

JoinBodypassfor a variety of wellness classes to help you bounce back.​Alice Nichollsis a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Life Transformation Coach.

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Hoverboard charging stations? Library vision sought

Next generation: Acting Wollongong lord mayor Chris Connor with Thirroul toddler Tom Giles at the Thirroul Library. Picture: ROBERT PEETWollongong’s future libraries could have hoverboard charging stations, no physical buildings or just a lot of good old-fashioned reading nooks, according to the city’s acting lord mayor Chris Connor.
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Wollongong City Council, which is preparing to change its book services over the next seven years, wants residents to dream up their ideal public library.

On Monday, the organisation launched its Beyond Books strategy, and has called for public comment before staff begin developing the future library plan.

“As part of our work on this strategy, we’re looking at a range of questions including whether there are even physical buildings housing libraries in the future,” Cr Connor said.

“Or do we have more but smaller branch libraries? These are really interesting concepts and we want to hear what the community thinks our libraries should be like in 2022.”

As part of the consultation, residents are asked to imagine walking into a library in 2022 and to respond through the council’s website on why they’re there, who they’re with, where the library is and what activities/services the council should provide.

The council is also asking people to gather with friends or in book clubs to talk through the same questions and reply to the council by the end of the month.

Later in the year, library workers will hold stalls at Dapto Street Fair and Spring into Corrimal and will host a series of community workshops to develop a draft library strategy.

This will go on exhibition early next year, the council said.

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Accused denies hotel sex assault

A SHIRTLESS man skipped around outside Launceston’s Hotel New York after he proclaimed ‘‘let’s dance’’ and threw punches at the male supporters of a female patron he had sexually assaulted, a court has heard.
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The complainant told jurors in the Supreme Court in Launceston on Monday she had been fending off unwanted bum-grabbing and dance moves from the man she now knew as Tristan Andrew Tuthill, throughout her visit to the nightclub.

Crown prosecutor Virginia Jones asked the woman, 21, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, what else happened in the hotel.

The complainant said the unshaven, T-shirt, shorts and thongs-wearing accused also pulled at her shorts three times, one time exposing her underwear, and she swore at him but he laughed her off.

The woman said when she confronted the man he started to rub her genitalia outside her clothing in ‘‘very quick touches’’ and she told him, ‘‘don’t touch me or I will kick your head in’’.

After she resumed dancing, the complainant said she almost immediately felt the man’s finger or fingers slide up the back of her shorts and into her genitalia.

She said she spun around and elbowed and punched the man to get rid of him.

The woman said the man apologised ‘‘in a very sarcastic way’’ near the nightclub entrance and she later encountered him on the street, where he took off his top and started a fight with her male friends who had heard about what happened.

Defence counsel Fran McCracken suggested to the complainant that no one touched her in such a way, but the woman said it did happen and it hurt.

Tuthill, 29, pleaded not guilty on Monday to indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault, alleged to have occurred overnight between January 17 and 18, 2014.

The trial, before Justice Stephen Estcourt, continues.

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Hallshines for Suns against the Lions

Mitch Robinson and Aaron Hall in action at the Gabba on SaturdaySINCE returning to Gold Coast line-up in round 14, Hobart’s Aaron Hall has been slowly building towards his very best form.
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On Saturday in the QClash against Brisbane, the 24-year-old forward-midfielder was at his finest, with a career-best outing in the Suns’ win.

Hall finished with 28 touches, kicked 1.0, laid five tackles, took three marks, eight score involvements and eight inside 50s, as one of five Tasmanians in action.

Launceston’s Kade Kolodjashnij was strong as an extra number in defence, with 20 touches at 80 per cent disposal efficiency, while Jesse Lonergan returned to a defensive role, and collected 18 touches and laid four tackles on Jed Adcock.

North Hobart’s Henry Schade had eight touches playing on a variety of talls, while Burnie’s Luke Russell finished with 0.1 from 10 touches with four marks and three tackles.

Lauderdale’s Mitch Robinson again tried hard for the Lions with 24 possessions (12 contested) at 87 per cent disposal efficiency rate, 11 tackles and 1.0.

Kade’s twin brother Jake was outstanding in Geelong’s win over Sydney, shutting out Sydney great Adam Goodes.

Kolodjashnij collected 15 touches (10 contested) and took four marks, while Goodes had just 12 touches and kicked 1.1

Fellow Launceston product Jackson Thurlow as also impressive, with an 18 possession outing playing on Lewis Jetta and Isaac Heeny, which saw the 21-year-old receive this weeks’s Rising Star nomination.

George Town’s Toby Nankervis was subbed out for the Swans in the third quarter after having nine hit-outs, collecting three possessions and laying four tackles.

At Domain Stadium on Saturday, Devonport’s Grant Birchall finished with 22 touches, 1.0 and five inside 50s, while North Hobart’s Sam Darley played his first game of the year for the Western Bulldogs, and finished with 21 touches at 86 per cent disposal efficiency.

The Weller brothers of Burnie played against each other for the first time on Sunday, but it took until the third quarter for them to be on the field together after Lachie started as Fremantle’s sub.

Again he came on and had an impact, collecting seven touches, however one of his early ones went straight to his brother Maverick in the Dockers’ win over the Saints.

The older Weller finished with 16 touches, laid four tackles and took four marks for St Kilda.

Ulverstone’s Alex Pearce played both forward and back for Freo, kicking 1.2 from 13 touches and taking nine marks.

Devonport’s Ben Brown put in a strong showing in North Melbourne’s win over Melbourne, kicking 2.2 from 10 touches and four marks, before hurting his calf in the second term and being subbed out at three quarter-time.

For the Demons Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe had 13 touches and took five marks in defence, while Wynyard’s Colin Garland played on Jarrad Waite and finished with nine touches.

Lauderdale’s Andrew Phillips returned to the Greater Western Sydney team and won 16 hit-outs and nine possessions against former teammate Jonathon Gilles in the Giants’ win over Essendon.

On Friday night, Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt had a quiet night for Richmond playing all over the ground, with just seven touches, no marks, 1.0 and four tackles.

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Clarkecalledit right:Ponting

Ricky Ponting and Michael ClarkeFORMER Australian captain Ricky Ponting says personal experience tells him his successor Michael Clarke has chosen the right time to retire from international cricket.
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In the wake of Australia’s Ashes debacle and Clarke’s subsequent announcement, Ponting even admitted he may have waited too long to make the same decision.

‘‘Since I retired I have realised I went on too long and Michael doesn’t want to be in the same boat,’’ the Mowbray batsman told Sky Sports.

‘‘I think it’s the right time as he has been fighting inner demons and battling his game for the last 12-18 months.’’

Ponting, who handed over the captaincy to Clarke in 2011 but continued to play for another year, has previously admitted he played on two years longer than he should have done.

He said only Clarke will know whether the time was right in the aftermath of the humiliating innings defeat at Trent Bridge which gave England an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

‘‘None of us know but if he says it’s the right time, it’s obviously the right time,’’ Ponting told Cricinfo.

‘‘I had a meeting with him at Lord’s talking about the last part of my career and I said to him that when the things that used to come really easy to you don’t come so easy any more then it’s the right time and I think we’ve seen in this series a lot of the things that he would do quite easily a few years ago seem to be really hard to him.’’

Ponting said Clarke would share similar positives, and the same glaring regret, from his own international career.

’’ If he’s anything like me he’ll be most fond of his longevity in the game. Not necessarily about how many hundreds but how long you played for and how many wins you’ve been involved in, they were the things that I cherished the most when I finished.

‘‘He’s been part of a couple of World Cup wins and obviously captaining one in Australia would have been an unbelievable thrill for him.

‘‘Unfortunately, like me he wasn’t able to win an Ashes series here in England and that’s one thing that he probably will have a regret about, as I did.’’

Ponting had already tipped that as many as eight members of the tourists’ squad will not play Test cricket again following a fourth successive Ashes defeat on British soil.

He said he was pleased that Clarke would get a farewell match at The Oval next week.

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Cure races to 13thin La Route prologue

TASMANIAN multiple track world champion Amy Cure has shown her versatility on the road with a 13th-place finish in the prologue to the women’s La Route De France.
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The three-kilometre opener in Enghien les Bains took Dutch winner Amy Pieters 3:40 with Cure, of West Pine, just nine seconds behind, riding for Lotto Soudal Ladies.

Track teammate Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda) was fifth and another Aussie, Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), seventh.

Launceston’s Alex Clements was among the five-strong Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team riding the Gran Premio Sportivi di Poggiana in Italy. With Clements adding climbing options to the outfit, teammates Jack Haig (Victoria) and reigning Australian under-23 national champion Miles Scotson (South Australia) put in aggressive rides to finish fifth and ninth respectively.

‘‘The entire squad was aggressive from the start of the race, involved in all the main moves,’’ the team reported.

Team Sky’s Nathan Earle, of Hobart, finished 97th in the Tour of Denmark, 31:20 behind the home-nation winner, Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Launceston’s Matthew Goss (MTN – Qhubeka) was 102nd after five of the seven stages in the Tour of Utah, but did not appear among the finishers in the final two stages.

In the USA Iron Hill Criterium, Launceston’s Clay Murfett finished 47th as part of Astellas Team lead-out, which claimed second place, while Campbell Town’s Will Clarke (Drapac) is scheduled to ride next week’s USA Pro Challenge.

Wes Sulzberger, Tom Robinson and Mark Jamieson are among the Tasmanians scheduled to ride in the National Road Series Tour of Great South Coast in Victoria from Wednesday, while Georgia Baker will ride the next round of the women’s series, Victoria’s Tour of King Valley.

Hobart mountain biker Scott Bowden is heading to Europe from the US where he finished 21st and 27th in his last two races.

‘‘Things didn’t quite pan out how I would have liked results-wise, but it has been a great trip so far, with plenty of positives to take away,’’ he said. ‘‘At Mont Saint Anne (World Cup), I felt great but two silly mistakes towards the end of the race cost me a shot at the result I was hoping for.

‘‘In Windham, I had a good start in the top 20 but had nothing in the engine all race.’’

Bowden will train in Livigno, Italy, before the last World Cup event in Val di Sole.

Meanwhile, Hobart’s Cameron Wurf completed his first iron man in Whistler, Canada, in 9 hours 23 minutes and has set his sights on the famed Hawaii ironman in Kona to complete what he called his ‘‘sabbatical year’’ away from pro cycling.

‘‘It’s an event alongside the Olympics and Le Tour de France I dreamed of as a kid partaking in one day,’’ the former Olympic rower SAID.

‘‘When I line up on the start in Kona, I’ll have ticked of two of those objectives. I would never have guessed Kona would come ahead of Le Tour, but hey, you never ever know what card sporting life has got installed for you next.

‘‘I’ll have to work even harder now to complete the set as I get back in the peloton next year, but that’s even more motivating for me now. Twelve months ago, I’d lost that desire, so I’m pleased that putting myself through an ironman finally got that spark and drive back.’’

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Miller urges Jets to make big statement

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Jets coach Scott Miller talks to the players on Monday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE coach Scott Miller wants the Jets to make a statement against Perth Glory in the FFA Cup round of 32 showdown at Magic Park on Tuesday night.

A win would send the strongest message.

‘‘Winning has to be the aim,’’ Miller said after the Jets finalised preparations with a short, sharp session at Ray Watt on Tuesday.

‘‘It will give us momentum moving forward.

‘‘It’s important but not vital, even though that is a contradiction in a sense.

‘‘The winning mentality I need to see. The competitiveness. We need to replicate our work on the training field in terms of our intensity.

‘‘If I see instances of the patterns we want to play in and out of possession, I’ll be happy.

‘‘More importantly, I will be happy with a result.’’

The match is Miller’s first competitive hit-out at the helm since plucked from Fulham on the recommendation of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as a replacement for Phil Stubbins.

‘‘It’s not about me, it’s not about one person, it’s about the team,’’ Miller said. ‘‘We will be measured as a group.’’

The start of the A-League season is two months away.

But in a sign of the growing stature of the FFA Cup, Miller will field close to his strongest side against a Glory outfit which has also undergone a major overhaul.

Enver Alivodic, who arrived from Serbia a week ago and is short of peak condition, moves back to the bench for Brandon Lundy in the only change to the Jets XI, which lost 2-1 to Central Coast in a friendly last Wednesday.

‘‘Straight after the game, I was disappointed with the result,’’ Miller said.

‘‘But having reviewed it and looking at how we played, there were a lot of positives.

‘‘I actually thought we had more purpose and penetration to our play.’’

The Mariners’ goals came from an error by the Jets playing out from the back and a lapse in concentration at a corner.

‘‘In the grand scheme of things, with more rhythm and more games behind us those mistakes would not be made,’’ Miller said.

The Jets are the only Northern NSW Football representative remaining in the knockout after National Premier League teams Broadmeadow Magic went down 3-1 to Heidelberg United and Edgeworth fell 2-1 at the death to Melbourne City.

‘‘I want 5000 people there,’’ Miller said.

‘‘I can’t see any reason if it is a nice evening in Newcastle why people wouldn’t come and support the team.

‘‘I’m hoping the FFA Cup environment will stimulate them mentally and get them over the line and actually perform for 90 minutes.’’

Glory striker Andy Keogh scored a goal in each half to lead the visitors to a 2-0 win over the Jets in the corresponding game last year.

The Northern Ireland international is among a number of players who have departed Perth in the fall-out from the West Australians’ salary cap breech.

‘‘We have analysed them to a degree,’’ Miller said.

‘‘We can look at last season’s structure.

‘‘I know Kenny well and I don’t think his structure will change completely.

‘‘Obviously the personnel will in terms of who and where and how they play.’’

Glory reached the final of the FFA Cup last season, going down to 1-0 Adelaide United, and coach Kenny Lowe is aiming for a repeat of their strong performance.

‘‘Why can’t we do what we did last year? I don’t know. We’re still here believing,’’ Lowe said.

Probable team (4-2-3-1): Mark Birighitti; Jason Hoffman, Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, Lee Ki-je; Mateo Poljak, Cameron Watson; Brandon Lundy, Mitch Cooper, David Carney; Labinot Haliti Res: Ben Kennedy, Lachlan Jackson, Ben Kantarovski, Enver Alivodic, Braedyn Crowley.

Scott Miller. Picture: Phil Hearne

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The Cleaner tomake his return

Mick Burles with The CleanerLONGFORD trainer Mick Burles has altered plans for The Cleaner and the eight-year-old will now resume from a spell at Caulfield on Saturday.
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Burles had intended waiting for a race at Moonee Valley the following week but decided The Cleaner was ‘‘ready to go’’.

He will be shipped to Melbourne on Thursday night and run in the weight-for-age $200,000 P B Lawrence Stakes over 1400 metres.

‘‘It looks a good race for him, with my only reservation being that it’s at Caulfield,’’ Burles said.

‘‘He had his first run there when Robert Smerdon was training him and he finished near-last.

‘‘But he was crook and I had to bring him straight home.

‘‘The only time he’s been back was for the Easter Cup earlier this year when he ran a close fifth.

‘‘He sweated up badly before that race – I don’t know whether it was because he had bad memories of the place.’’

Burles has booked a new rider for The Cleaner as he embarks on a campaign aimed at a second start in the Cox Plate.

‘‘I’ve given Steve [Arnold] a rest because he’s ridden him eight times in a row and horses can get a bit too used to riders,’’ the trainer said.

‘‘I’ve booked Noel Callow for this week – he’s had one ride on him for one win.

‘‘Callow suits the horse because he can get them out of the gates [quickly].’’

Sod’s advice

A GOOD word from former Test cricketer and successful racehorse owner Simon O’Donnell was behind Dillon Hall’s move to Tasmania.

O’Donnell is a partner in OTI Racing, which owned Dillon Hall when he won two races in Victoria in July last year.

However, after 10 months without a win, Dillon Hall was put on the market and was recommended to Brighton trainer Gary White by a mate who had other horses in the Darren Weir stable.

‘‘I spoke to Simon O’Donnell to get an assessment of this horse and he suggested we would have a bit of fun with him in Tasmania,’’ White said.

Dillon Hall was having his third start for White when he won the Benchmark 62 Handicap at Spreyton on Sunday.

‘‘He found the 1175 metres too short at his first run here, then he got beaten a nose by a nose at his next start after copping some interference in the back straight,’’ White said.

‘‘He came again after being headed in that race so Damien [Thornton] suggested we swap his blinkers for a visor so he could see the other horses coming at him.’’

The gear change worked and, despite running about a bit in the closing stages on Sunday, Dillon Hall scored a comfortable win.

White said he was always philosophical about getting horses from leading Victorian stables.

‘‘You can’t improve on Darren Weir and you don’t have to – you just have to get them racing as well,’’ the trainer said.

Positive swab

THE old problem of horses eating feed contaminated by poppy seeds is about to rear its head in Tasmania again.

A thoroughbred trainer with a positive swab will provide evidence that his horse ate feed grown in a paddock previously used for poppy production.

In previous cases in Tasmania, the horse has been disqualified from the race but no action taken against the trainer.

That can’t happen in this case because the swab was taken at the trials.

Just short

LEADING reinsman Gareth Rattray has seemingly run out of time to bring up a century of winners for the third time in his career.

Rattray’s win on Last Guy Standing at Mowbray on Sunday night was his 91st for the season but there are only three meetings remaining.

Rattray drove 113 winners in 2007-08 and 115 winners in 2009-10. He has also finished in nineties three times.

Rohan Hillier has moved clear on the trainers’ premiership with 43 wins, ahead of Juanita McKenzie on 36 and Barrie Rattray and Nathan Ford on 35.

Tassie flicked

EVERYTHING comes at a price – even the welcome return to Sky Channel of Victorian racing.

Although one of the minor jumps races at Ballarat on Sunday started 4 minutes late, Sky 1 still gave it preference over a race at Devonport that started spot on time, yet got flicked to Sky 2.

As it turned out, Sky 1 would have had ample time to show the Devonport race and still cross back to Ballarat for pre-race comments.

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Defiant Newton refuses to raise the white flag

Knights players behind their goal line after conceding a try to the Roosters. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIF the Knights finish the season with the wooden spoon, departing forward Clint Newton reckons they will have earned it.
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Despite a frantic flurry of 22 points midway through the second half, when they rallied from a 32-0 deficit, the Knights suffered a 38-22 loss to Sydney Roosters at Hunter Stadium last Sunday to remain in the NRL cellar.

Newton believes they deserve to be last and that is where they will stay unless there is a change of attitude, application and attention to detail in their last four games.

Newcastle were tied with Wests Tigers on 16 points heading into the Tigers’ game against the Raiders in Canberra on Monday night but the Knights (minus-154) had an inferior points differential to the Tigers (minus-81).

The Tigers’ 20-18 victory means the Knights must beat them at Campbelltown on Saturday to join them on 18 points, but Newcastle will still have a job on their hands to close the for-and-against points gap with three rounds remaining.

Penrith (minus-87) and Gold Coast (minus-163) are also in the spoon battle on 18 points.

Newton said coach Danny Buderus had a simple message to the players at a team meeting after their recovery session on Monday morning: “Stay in the fight”.

“We can put up the white flag and say we’ll pack up stumps for the rest of the year or you can keep fighting. I know for me personally, giving up is not an option, but at the end of the day you’ve got to start to think when is the penny going to drop,” Newton said.

“Some people say it’s been unlucky in certain aspects this season but I’m a massive believer in you finish where you deserve to finish. We deserve to be last, there’s no doubt about that, but that doesn’t mean to say we have to stay where we are.

“We need to do the right things to get ourselves into a position to win football games, and who knows what will happen, but right now, we deserve to be where we are.”

After playing the Tigers, Newcastle will finish against the Storm (away), Bulldogs (home) and Panthers (away), but Newton said they could not look past the trip to Campbelltown.

“It’s certainly a massive game but we can’t be thinking two, three weeks down the track about where we might finish,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re in a position to give ourselves a chance to win this game, and that all comes from training, recognising the mistakes, holding people to account for the errors that they make, then turning up on Saturday with a mindset of giving ourselves an opportunity to win the game.

“If you don’t do that, whether you’re playing the Wests Tigers or whether you’re playing South Newcastle Lions, you can’t win if you don’t actually have a fair amount of possession.”

Newton is one of several senior players in their final season with the Knights. The 34-year-old former Country Origin and USA Tomahawks representative is retiring, skipper Kurt Gidley will join English club Warrington, Beau Scott will continue his career at Parramatta and David Fa’alogo has already retired because of a neck injury.

After their decision a fortnight ago to sack Rick Stone as coach and appoint Buderus as caretaker for the rest of the season, Knights management are considering showing other players the door as part of a review of all football staff.

Newton described the team’s performance against the Roosters as “60 minutes of pretty awful footy and 20 minutes of some quality”.

“Every week we’re behind and it’s not good enough at NRL level,” he said.

“This game is far too hard to every week have to come back from 12, 18, 20, 26 points, and then expect to have enough petrol in the tank at the end of the game to win the game.

“It’s all well and good to fight back – that’s fine. You can’t lose the game in the first 20 but you can certainly make it very difficult to have any chance of winning the game.”

Newton said the team’s long-suffering fans deserved better than what the Knights produced in the first 41 minutes against the Roosters.

“It’s unacceptable – it has been unacceptable all year. There’s nothing else you can say other than we’ve got to do better, and we’ll certainly try and do better,” he said.

Newcastle’s second-half resurgence was another example of their attacking potential when they controlled the ball and “that’s been the case for the whole season”.

“I think you see nearly every round, there’s been a momentum swing in nearly every game, and that’s the way it is at the moment with interchange, possession, fatigue and all those sort of things,” he said. “But what players have to understand is you can’t come from behind then try and get in front and still have enough energy to go again because it’s just too hard when you’re playing against good football sides.”

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Expect fierce backlash, Diamonds tell England

The Diamonds talk tactics during their match against New Zealand in Sydney on Sunday. Picture: Getty ImagesAUSTRALIA have warned England they may bear the brunt of the Diamonds’ stunning Netball World Cup defeat to New Zealand.
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Australian vice-captain Kim Green says her team have never been more motivated for a win after the defending world champions and hot tournament favourites suffered a shock 52-47 loss to the second-ranked Silver Ferns.

While reflection is still under way, Green believed the “unacceptable” performance had provided the Diamonds with more than enough incentive to bounce back stronger against world No.3 England on Tuesday night.

“We are fired up,” she said.

“I can tell you every single one of those players, as soon as we walked back into that change room, wanted to get back out there and play that all over again.

“[Tomorrow] we’ll still need to have that balance of that fire in our bellies, but also being smart with what we’re doing,” she said.

“But you can expect a very fired-up Aussie team tomorrow.”

Australia’s unexpected capitulation to a bold and clinical Silver Ferns – their first international defeat in 22 Tests – has opened the World Cup right up, as preliminary rounds wrap up and teams prepare for the pointy end of competition.

While their trans-Tasman rivals have topped pool A and move into a second-phase pool with fourth-ranked Jamaica, the hosts will have to contend with what Green said was potentially England’s best ever side.

The Diamonds hold a 92 per cent winning record against England, but they won’t have forgotten that only a year ago that was nearly lessened in an intensely close Commonwealth Games match in which Australia came from behind to win by a single point in the dying seconds.

Green said the Australian players were impressed with what they saw in England’s high-quality 54-50 win over Jamaica on Saturday, which cemented their stranglehold at the top of pool B.

“They’ve got the mix of the experienced players but also the real young ones coming through that have got that real fire, like [midcourter] Serena Guthrie,” she said.

“They’ve done a really good job with their selection for that team.

“The inclusion of [five World Cups veteran defender] Sonia Mkoloma, you could see in the Jamaican game [she] really made an impact.

“She’s got that court smarts, she’s been around the traps for so long – just having that experience will also strengthen their side as well.”

Veteran Australians Caitlin Bassett and Julie Corletto are both expected to make their 50th Test appearances on Tuesday. AAP

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Lillycette is off to Sydney after win

Lillycette wins Monday night’s finalCLASSY stayer Lillycette earned the right represent Tasmania in the National Distance Championship in Sydney next week when she easily won the state final over 720 metres at Mowbray on Monday night.
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Lillycette drew wide but crossed to the lead shortly after the start and quickly opened a commanding break on the field, which she maintained to the finish.

The first three placegetters went across the line in market order, with Lillycette ($1.50 favourite) beating Midnight Bird ($4.60) and Frosty’s Capable ($5.50).

The Ted Medhurst-trained Lillycette has been competitive on previous interstate visits, including two placings over the national distance final course at Wentworth Park in March-April.

She has now won 10 of her 16 starts on the Launceston circuit.

Breaker’s Tip, the fastest heat winner, ran right up to that form with a brilliant win in the state final of the National Sprint Championship.

The Gary Fahey-trained dog began quickly from box seven to settle outside the red runner Retail Chart and, by the first turn, had crossed to the lead.

He was never challenged from that point and went on to beat Retail Chart easily, with outsider Lisheen grabbing third place in a photo finish.

The first two placegetters dominated betting, with Breaker’s Tip starting $2.60 favourite and Retail Chart $2.80.

Breaker’s Tip was bred by Mangalore-based Fahey and his brother Greg, of Hobart.

The national sprint and distance finals are group 1 races worth $75,000 to the winner and will be run on Saturday week.

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Lleyton Hewitt to take Nick Kyrgios under his wing during US Open warm-ups

Lleyton Hewitt has agreed to take Nick Kyrgios under his wing in a mentoring and coaching role before the US Open, his mother Nill hoping his guidance will help her son who “wasn’t in a good head space” after his Davis Cup meltdown.
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Dogged by criticism over his on-court antics at Wimbledon, Kyrgios attracted more bad publicity after his shock loss to Aleksandr Nedovyesov on the opening day of Australia’s quarter-final tie against Kazakhstan last month.

The Canberran was heard uttering “I don’t want to be here” during the match and also broke a racquet in a rage, highlighting the stress the publicity had taken on him.

Kyrgios split with coach Todd Larkham just before Wimbledon and given he is yet to find a replacement, Hewitt has volunteered to help out as he approaches retirement.

The two-time grand slam champion will play doubles with Kyrgios when he returns to court at this week’s ATP Masters event in Montreal, and is also assisting Kyrgios’ close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Hewitt copped his fair share of criticism for his brash approach early in his career and Tennis Australia and the Kyrgios camp felt his wisdom would be invaluable for the world No.41.

Nill said there was a strong chance Hewitt would remain in the role during the US Open, which begins on August 31.

She felt Nick would respond to Hewitt’s advice, given he had gone through the same ordeal himself.

“He will listen to Lleyton because he knows what he’s talking about, he’s been at the top and been world No.1,” Nill said.

“Definitely [Hewitt will be there] for Montreal and Cincinnati and depending on whether he plays the US Open or not, he’ll be there anyway. What Nick doesn’t like is when people who haven’t been in that situation give him advice, but he’ll listen to someone like Lleyton.

“Lleyton’s been through everything that Nick is going through. We touched base on it after Davis Cup because we knew Nick wasn’t in a good head space, he just wasn’t dealing well with the negative feedback.”

Nill said watching Hewitt’s tenacity and competitiveness up close would also be beneficial.

“It played havoc with his emotions and I think Lleyton knew that,” she said.

“For the moment it [partnership] is temporary, only because I don’t think Nick has asked anyone. Nick and Thanasi know he’s over there to mentor and coach if they want it, he’s there to make sure they’re heading in the right direction.

“They also need to be in a good head space for the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. They cannot go to the semi-final the way they did in the quarter-final. He’s not there to say ‘don’t do this or don’t do that’, he’s there to advise them gently on things they shouldn’t be doing, because they’ll regret it later.

“Lleyton was available and fortunately in a position where he’s just about to finish [his career]. He wanted to mentor these boys because he’s been in their shoes before. I think it’s great for Nick to have him there.”

Losses to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis put Australia in a 2-0 hole against Kazakhstan, before Sam Groth and Hewitt rescued things by winning the reverse singles ties and setting up a semi-final showdown with Great Britain.

“People perceive Nick got dropped, but there was no way the way he was [mentally] he could have won that singles match, he just couldn’t do it,” Nill said.

“It’s a team, you have to report back to your team members and say ‘I don’t think I can do it’. He’d just had enough at that point.”

Kyrgios starts his Montreal campaign against Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco early Wednesday morning (AEST).

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